Private members’ clubs were for the wealthy and high-society men right from the 17th century till now. London ‘s private members’ club are actually world famous especially for their exclusivity. Things have changed over the years now and the majority of clubs in London now allow women as members.

The new generation of private clubs offers networking, professional development, and wellness as reasons to join. Most boast of beautiful interiors, workspaces, gym, great restaurants and cool cocktail bars, offering members’ access to a targeted program of events.

Here are our picks for the best clubs to join in 2024.

5 Hertford Street

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5 Hertford Street, located on the corner of Shepherd Market in Mayfair, is owned by millionaire aristocrat and Tory donor Robin Birley in 2012 and often considered one of the most secretive in London. This private members’ club boasts a star-studded clientele, where the likes of Harry and Meghan had their first date.

Guests can descend down a steep flight of stairs into the opulent basement club Loulou’s – featuring the venue’s beloved giraffe’s head mascot. A-list guests such as such as Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, and Daphne Guinness have graced legendary parties at Loulou’s.

Details

Membership Benefits: Access to London’s Most Exclusive
Membership Fees: Very Exclusive
Application Requirements: 2 Letters of recommendation from existing members
Location: 2-5 Hertford St, Mayfair, London W1J 7RB
Website: https://www.5hertfordstreet.com/s/

The Arts Club

The Arts Club on Dover Street has been a haven for those passionate about the arts, literature, and science. Since 1863, this members-only club has been sought after by trailblazing visionaries, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and also Lord Leighton. This is a cultural club that offers its members exclusive access to a range of cultural events, exhibitions and also performances.

The club’s top two floors are home to a selection of bedroom and suites, for members looking for a place to stay overnight.

Details

Membership Benefits: Access to the Club’s exclusive facilities and events
Membership Fees: £2,800 per annum with a £2,000 joining fee
Membership Requirements: By application only
Location: 40 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NP
Website: https://www.theartsclub.co.uk/

Annabel’s

Annabel’s is one club that commands attention in the London club scene. Founded in 1963 by Mark Birley, and named after his then wife Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the members-only nightclub has drawn in the great of London society.

The royal family have been frequent attendees – it hosted Sarah Ferguson’s hen night and is said to be the only nightclub the Queen has visited – along with a roster of celebrities from Kate Moss to President Nixon. 

Details

Membership Benefits: Access to a World Beating Club
Membership Fees: £3,750 per annuum with a £1,850 joining fee
Membership Requirements: Applicants need to be proposed by current members before being added to the waitlist.
Location: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5AT
Website: https://annabels.co.uk/

The Ned

The Ned is a one-stop shop for London fine dining and get access to everything the club has to offer. From a rooftop pool and terraces to a late-night bar in the original bank vault. It has ten individual restaurants plus a floor of dining, meeting and relaxation space. The Ned’s club is for like-minded professionals to meet, work and have a good time.

Details

Membership Benefits: Access to private areas for members as well as the rooftop pool, gym, spa, Ned’s club globally, Soho House interior collection.
Membership Fees: £4,380 per annuum with a £1,000 joining fee
Membership Requirements: Applicants need to be proposed by current members and considered by committee.
Location: 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
Website: https://www.thened.com/london/

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